What to do when you don’t understand a question
Nov08

What to do when you don’t understand a question

The IELTS speaking exam can be difficult. One of the biggest problems is not understanding the examiner. So what do you do when you encounter a difficult question? In today’s lesson, I’ll show you how to deal with this problem without losing marks. This is the video lesson: What should you do when you don’t understand a question in IELTS speaking? First of all, try not to panic when the examiner asks you a question...

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Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]
Oct21

Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]

It is really important for IELTS speaking that you are able to describe people. There are so many questions about friends and family and even celebrities. In part two of the speaking exam, you may be given a cue card that asks you to describe a person. You should be comfortable talking about their personality, their appearance, and their habits. All this can come in really useful. Today, we’re going to look at how to describe...

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IELTS Speaking Part 2
Oct11

IELTS Speaking Part 2

The IELTS speaking test is comprised of three parts, each of which is a little harder than the previous. Part 2 is different from the others as it has no question to answer. Instead, there is a cue card that gives a task. This will usually say “Describe a…” and then has some further instructions. It is sometimes called “The Long Turn” by tutors and students, as you need to speak for a longer time. Today,...

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Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Sep26

Describe a Restaurant [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

In the IELTS speaking exam, you may be asked about almost any common part of life. There are some predictable topics you often encounter, and most of these are broad human experiences – you know, sports and education and family, etc. In part two, you need to describe something. This could be a person, a place, or an experience. In the past, I have written articles and recorded sample answers for many part two topics, from...

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IELTS Speaking Partners
Aug30

IELTS Speaking Partners

If you want to improve your speaking skills for the IELTS exam, you need to practice often. It can be hard for some students to find a person to practice with because no one they know speaks fluent English. Sure, you can practice with a teacher or tutor, but that usually costs money. So how do you find an IELTS speaking partner for free? Why Find a Speaking Partner? Improving your speech for the IELTS speaking exam requires daily...

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Describe something you often do in the evening [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Aug23

Describe something you often do in the evening [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

In today’s IELTS speaking lesson we will look at another cue card. This one asks the candidate to “describe something you often do in the evening.” I will guide you through analyzing the question, structuring an answer, choosing the right language, and finally give you my own sample answer. Reading the Cue Card Ok, let’s begin by looking at the cue card: Describe something you often do in the evening. You...

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